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Preparing for and Handling Observations by Your Principal or Admin

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Do you become stressed out when your principal or admin comes to observe your class? Do you find that your nerves get the best of you? Join Mark Putney as he shares how you can successfully show your administrator an effective lesson while being observed. Since preparation is the key ingredient to any good lesson, he will explain how you can prepare for your observation. In addition, Mark will provide tips and tricks on how to "wow" your admin with examples from your room, your students, and your teaching style. Come discover how to stay calm, be professional, and master the "dreaded" observation!


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: General
Last aired on: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 4:00 PM EST
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Classroom Management, Personal Enrichment, Workplace
Tags: classroom observations, preparation, walk throughs

Reviews (13)

Full Member
Great presentation that I will definitely use!
Full Member
This was great presentation with valuable information. Every student getting a degree in education needs to have this presented before student teaching.
Full Member
Thank you for such wonderful information
Full Member
I will have to implement this next year. Great ideas and thank you for sharing.
Full Member
To answer your question, yes i get stressed when it comes to my principal observing me. Thank you for the wonderful tips.
Full Member
Great information, it is the surprise visits that scare me. Thank you though. This helps
Full Member
My elementary school principal (a "1st-yr") does not give a specific time she will drop in to observe. We are given a 2 week window, and never know when she will appear. My first and only observation by her, last Fall, was done as clandestinely as possible. She didn't want the students to know she was there, observing them. Since I am the librarian, and the class was in the library, there were places she could sit and observe without the students being aware of her arrival and departure. So, I did not acknowledge her. I also did not attempt to anticipate which class would be observed, so no need to do any exceptional planning - just carried on in the normal flow. Not knowing when I would actually be observed could have made me nervous, but it actually made me feel ambivalent.
Full Member
Some helpful tips to remember during an observation. Thank You
Full Member
Some good suggestions for a stressful time.
Full Member
I like the acronym EASIER! Will remember that next time!
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